TCPI Joins Letter Urging G7 to Support Expanded Universal Health Coverage

TCPI Joins Letter Urging G7 to Support Expanded Universal Health Coverage

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: William Banks
Phone: +1 512-280-7394
E-mail: william.banks@helpthemtoday.org

New York, NY— March 21, 2016—In an open letter to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe released today, The Children’s Project International (TCPI) joined the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) in urging members of the Group of Seven (G7) to commit political and financial support to expanding Universal Health Coverage (UHC) throughout the developing world.

Mr. Abe, who will preside over the 42nd G7 Summit to be held on May 26 and 27 in Shima, Japan, has added UHC as part of the summit’s development agenda. The inclusion of UHC at the Shima conference follows the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development by world leaders at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015. The SDGs came into force on January 1 and build upon the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted in 2000.

In their letter, PMNCH and TCPI urge G7 governments:

  1. Endorse the principles of universal health coverage. Make an explicit commitment to the Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescent’s Health by supporting Universal Health Coverage.
  2. Universal Health Coverage must leave no one behind. Call for Universal Health Coverage to support equity and rights by focusing on the most marginalized and vulnerable populations, delivering comprehensive sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent primary health care services and ensuring services are provided free at point of use.
  3. Prevention is better than response. Support reform to the global health architecture with coherent proposals on health systems strengthening for UHC and health security.
  4. Increase aid to health. Call on G7 countries to contribute 0.1% of GNI to health, as part of 0.7% to ODA and, ensure that aid is aligned and supports national health systems

“If people have access to the health services they need without the risk of financial hardship, they will be able to lead productive lives, feed their families and send their children to school. This, I believe, will significantly transform lives across the continent and help build a brighter and more prosperous future for children across the world,” said Raj Luhar, Chief Executive Officer of The Children’s Project International.

About The Children’s Project International

The Children’s Project International undertakes charitable activities dedicated to improving the lives of the world’s children by providing life-sustaining goods and personally enriching tools. By leveraging the social consciousness of today’s youth, TCPI seeks to work with existing organizations which share in TCPI’s goals to provide underprivileged and disenfranchised children with material relief and the belief in a better tomorrow. TCPI is led by a Board of Directors of outstanding national figures representing all sectors of the globe.

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